MySQL Review

Most Powerful Open Source Database

Valuable Features:

• Free to download and use • Loads of new features over 4.1 version. • Excellent support for a range of platforms. • Performs well in small and medium applications. • Most popular Open Source database engine. • Supports advanced concepts such as replication. • Performs extremely well in the average case.

Room for Improvement:

• It doesn't support stored procedures. • You probably wouldn't use it for heavy-duty installation. • There is no active directory for integration with Microsoft SQL Server or other data bases.

Other Advice:

As a developer I have used many database engines but MySQL is by far the best known and most popular Open Source database engine.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user3876 (Database Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees)

It is a common belief that MySQL is free. It is not true. However, MySQL is always more affordable than other databases. MySQL is an open-source system under the GNU General Public License, developers can use it at no cost as long as the associated projects are also open-source. But, if you intend to sell your software as a proprietary product, you would need to purchase a commercial license, which costs about $400 for up to nine clients.

author avatarit_user2652 (Project Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees)
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As of MySQL 5.5.16, commercial distributions of MySQL include an authentication plugin that enables MySQL Server to use PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) to authenticate MySQL users. PAM enables a system to use a standard interface to access various kinds of authentication methods, such as Unix passwords or an LDAP directory.